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's a passionate advocate of gun control. he has strong feelings and harry reid proposed to drop a ban on semi-automatic weapons. meanwhile breaking news in syria. chemical weapons in the passive civil war. this as president obama is on his way to the region tonight on his first visit to israel and the west bank since he became president and as 55 people were killed and more than 200 wounded in battle scenes all over iraq on the 10th anniversary of shock and awe. i want to bring in at the start of this from cnn, life in iraq, arwa damon. another terrible day in baghdad. the anniversary of george bush's announcement that america was at war with iraq. 55 people killed. more than 200 wounded. very hard to see that there is anything but chronic instability and continued hideous bloodshed there. what is your take? >> it's such a tragedy really the way things have unfolded in iraq. just looking at iraqi faces, seeing how pale they had become. we are hearing after one attack after another. people's voices actually began trembling. this is violence that, first of all, the iraqis never even imagined wo
. >> this brings me to guns. there is so much going on not the least of which harry reid saying forget about the assault weapons ban. we'll talk about it after the break. i'm sure you are as angry as i am. >> what a weinie. both tylenol and bayer advanced aspirin are proven to be effective pain relievers. tylenol works by blocking pain signals to your brain. bayer advanced aspirin blocks pain at the site. try the power of bayer advanced aspirin. >>> dianne has worked so hard in this. she understands going back to the day she found a mayor dead in his office killed how strongly she feels about that. i know that. but right now her amendment using the most optimistic numbers has less than 40 votes. that's not 60. >> senator harry reid spreading his stunning decision to drop the assault weapons ban proposed by senator dianne feinstein. i was incensed when i heard this. hearing harry reid say, well, i can't get enough votes so we'll put it on the back burner. this is about prohibiting the kind of weapons that murdered the poor children at sandy hook. that's what he put on the back burner. what wa
about gun control with strong feelings. senator harry reid's decision in the senate to drop a proposed ban on semi-ought mat you can weapon in the wake of the shootings in newtown an chemical weapons in the massive civil war, president obama on his way to the region and first trip to israel and the west bank since he became president and 65 poem were killed and more than 200 wounded in battle scenes all over iraq on the tenth anniversary of shock and awe. i want to bring in the start of this now. orway damon is live in iraq. orwa, another terrible day. 55 people killed. more than 200 wounded. very hard to see that there's anything but chronic instability and continued hideous bloodshed there. what is your take? >> it's such a tragedy really the way things have unfolded just in iraq. looking at iraqi faces looking at those attacks taking place, seeing how pale they had become. hearing one attack after another. people's voices actually began trembling. this is violence that, first of all, the iraqis never even imagined would end up being the outcome of america's war in iraq. so many of t
it right with this devastating cover page. "shame on u-s on us, indeed. harry reid moved to drop california senator dianne feinstein's proposed assault weapons ban from the gun control legislation that's protected to reach the senate floor next month. harry reid said he would like to do it but the votes are against her. >> diane has worked so hard on this but urgent now her amendment using most the optimistic numbers has less than 40 votes. not 60. >> john: he's quite broken off. if harry reid had not broken his promise to pass new laws with 51 votes getting the necessary number might have been possible. here's another number over 50 that senator might have considered when making his legislative plans. according to the latest "abc news" "washington post" poll, 57% of adults said they would support a ban on the sale of assault weapons. only 41% said they wouldn't. that's only if you believe in democracy. as for senator feinstein she had said to have been angry when she told reporters, how many assault weapons do you need circulating. to have these mass killings is such a blight on everything
and with the sequester it's going to cut this stuff back. >> bill: senator harry reid blaming budget cuts for the death of seven marines in nevada. but the marine corps is furious about that. >> marine corps officials this afternoon are taking a strong exception to what harry reid implied. >> bill: we'll have the inside story. >> you have got to ease up. take it easy. >> bill: dennis miller takes a look at the barack obama satan controversy as stephan seagull meeting putin in moscow. >> i want to take you to the bank, to the blood bank. >> caution. you are about to enter the no spin zone. the factor begins right now. >> bill: hi, i'm bill o'reilly. thanks for watching us tonight. america today and the iraq war. that is the subject of this evening's talking points memo. it was 10 years ago that president bush launched an attack on iraq. >> operation iraqi freedom has begun and the pentagon says saddam hussein's days are numbered. i'm shepard smith. this is the fox report on fox news channel and tonight on fox stations from coast to coast. bombs and crews mistles rained down on baghdad for a second night
the democratic leader in the senate, senator harry reid. following two days of angry response from california senator dianne feinstein, she had been very publicly disappointed and angry harry reid was not going move her assault weapons ban to the senate floor as part of the democrats gun reform package. after two days of defiant reaction from senator dianne feinstein and supporters of gun reform and vice president biden made an appearance with mayor michael bloomberg demanding the assault weapons ban gets a vote and neither he or the president will rest until these measures are pursued, tonight, senator harry reid responded saying i will ensure a ban on assault weapons and limits on high capacity magazines receive votes. he also announced he would start the process of moving gun reform legislation to the floor of the senate as of tonight. the exact contours of the bill are still uncertain, including the question of what's going to end up in the base bill and acted on in the form of amendments and when the actual voting will begin given he started the process tonight. the statement from harry
leader harry reid has decided to remove the assault weapons ban from a larger reform package. it will, instead, be voted on as an amendment. nbc's mike viqueira joins us live now. mike, what happened? why did the majority leader decide that 157 different models of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines did not deserve to be a part of a broader bill to ensure that tragedies like that in aurora, in newtown, connecticut, never happen again? what's happened? >> reporter: well, you know, harry reid was faced with a very fundamental question, martin. he could put on what is essentially an unpopular measure, dianne feinstein notwithstanding, and that's a renewal of the assault weapons ban. he could put it on that base bill and have it bring down the entire bill. under that circumstances, by harry reid's estimation, it has fewer, martin, fewer than 40 votes in support in the united states senate. you can't blame it all on ted cruz and his compatriots on the republican side. there are several democrats who don't favor a renewal of the assault weapons ban. you need 60 votes. harry reid tol
mostly because harry reid called a cloture vote. over, some of the issues take a long time to marinate. that that as people thought it through, i think they realize it's not having a good comprehensive immigration policy is hurting us economically and it's not the right thing to do. it's time to solve it. i admire everyone for coming to the table. but i want to make a point. what rand paul is saying is contrast to gang of eight. his idea is security first, legalization and then citizenship. gang of eight put forward legalization, security and then citizenship. that seems like you could find a compromise, but that is a big leap between security and legalization piece and flipping them. >> andrea: what do you think, eric? >> eric: rand paul opened up a can of whoop-ass on the hill and they were flooded with calls say dog you care to weigh in on rand paul's idea? he threw people for a loop. he came out with an idea at one point he said leads to path of citizenship, which is different from a lot of things they say and has been proposed in past. what he said talk tablet comprehensive immigr
harry reid dismissing the idea of the assault weapons ban or ban of high capacity magazines would get a vote. quote: it's been clear that republicans a vote to the floor. my job is to bring a vote to the store. i can get 60 votes to proceed to that. we cannot have votes on everything unless i get something on the floor. it's a legislative impossible right now for amendment less than 40 votes that's not 60, referring to my amendment. so, i don't have 60, what can i do? oh, by the way if you don't have 60, you know what that means? a lot of democrats bailed on it. no, reed doesn't want the vote, because he doesn't want to embarrass his democratic senators who are just as much sellouts to the n.r.a. as republicans are. the democrats don't want the vote! remember all this excitement at the time when the president was having meetings with people who were for gun control and made the mistake of thinking democrats might actually do something? >> our meeting yet with the vice president was awesome. i mean, it was highly motivational to come out of there with a commitment to a comprehensive lo
second story "out front," can harry reid cave? so today he shelved the assault weapons ban introduced by the democratic colleague senator dianne feinstein. reid's explanation, well, let me play it for you. >> i won't try to put something on the floor that won't succeed. i want something that will succeed. i think the worst of all worlds would be to bring something to the floor and it dies there. >> but did reid really want it "out front," david frum and paul begala. paul, this doesn't sound like the harry reid we all know. this is a guy to say, you know what? 57% of the people in this country favor this assault weapons ban. i'm going to take it to the floor and if republicans want to shoot it down, then you know what? fine. i'll let them take the blame and looking at that and the fact he has a high rating from the nra, one might get a little suspicious. >> first off, he is going to take it to the floor but it's a separate amendment. i will not be part of the larger gun safety bill including things like expanded background checks, mental health, school safety, gun trafficking and ammun
'. that is a decision made by harry reid who says that the assault weapons bill does not have the vote does make it past a fill buster by the republicans. o that is what we reported yesterday. and all of that is still true. senator feinstein's bill is not going to be in the democrat's reform package in the senate. but if you ask senator dianne feinstein, that fact that it's not going to be included in the overall package of bills that goes to the senate floor, that does not mean that her bill is dead. according to her, it may not be a part of that overall comprehensive bill, but she is not going to play dead on this subject, and she insists that it will be voted on by other means. >> now senator reid had said you deserved a vote. but it's appearing that it could be an amend. that it could be a symbolic vote. what's your response to this new -- >> no, if it is an amendment that is not ha symbolic vote. it enacted a law. it went on to the house. it was enacted what senator reid told me is that i would have an opportunity for a vote. i take him at his word. this is very important to me. and i'm not going t
. >> sreenivasan: it passed both chambers in a rare show of bipartisanship. senate majority leader harry reid: >> the way we used to, and the way we used to do things is fund the government in a timely fashion. we have the opportunity to do that now, we're taking care of the next six months. during this six months the government is functioning because if what we've done here. >> sreenivasan: this came after lawmakers agreed on easing some budget cuts to food inspection services and flexibility for the pentagon on the sequester cuts. those automatic across-the-board spending cuts, agreed to during the last fiscal fights, will be felt more intensely over the next few weeks. finally, the broader issue as congress battles over the budget. today, house republicans approved their budget, which dramatically changes entitlement programs like medicare and makes more spending cuts. the senate began debate today on a very different version of a ten-year spending plan written by democrats. they call for higher taxes to fund government programs. house speaker john boehner remained skeptical. >> the budget
democrat harry reid expressing his condolences. but also during that statement, there was an implication there that under sequestration, when budgets are cut, that we may see more of these that it may put the marines and others and soldiers at risk because of the budget cuts. now i can tell you, marine corps officials this afternoon are taking a strong exception to what harry reid implied. saying that this this exercise, for example, was planned well in advance, had nothing to do with the budget cuts. there were no corners cut. and if they couldn't afford to have all the safety precautions into place, they wouldn't do the exercise. and in fact, one marine corps told us just, one marine corps official told us a short time ago, he considers this nothing but pure political posturing on the backs of these dead marines. >> those are some very strong words from the marine corps about senator harry reid, jim miklaszewski thank you soef for being on the program. >>> tonight president obama boards air force one to go to the middle east. prospects for movement on the israeli/palestinian peace proc
their courage, and their sacrifice." >> from the senate floor, nevada's harry reid said marines all over the world are mourning the loss. >> "my thoughts are with those who were injured and of course the >> the accident happened late monday night. emergency officials say four medical helicopters were sent to transport patients to area hospitals. the white house says president obama was immediately briefed on the incident. >> "the president's thoughts and prayers go to the families of those who were lost and to those who are injured. we're obviously in the early stages of assessing the incident. it's a tragedy, clearly." >> the army depot is used for storing ammunition and weapon stocks set to be deactivated. it's also used by military units for high desert trainingfore deployment overseas. the marines involved were based at camp lejeune, n.c. while the investigation continues, the military is holding off on using any of the mortars from the same manufacturing lot as the ones that were used at the nevada base. >> catherine: while not unexpected, a huge blow today for advocates of gun cont
a big hit in the u.s. senate today. majority leader harry reid says he will bring a guns bill to the floor without an assault weapons provision because it just didn't have the support among senators and could block the passage of any bill had it been included. >>> first day of spring is tomorrow. in new england tonight it looks like the dead of winter as a major snowstorm is dropping a foot or more on some places. this is what it looks like right now in auburn, maine, where it was coming down in whiteout conditions in the last hour. they are expecting 12 to 18 inches there. parts of upstate new york as well tonight. behind all of this, bitterly cold air for this time of year anyway. smaller snow squalls around the great lakes. >>> the meteor that rocketed into russia really got our attention a few weeks back. we learned today about the threat of such things to our modern world. in the meteor and asteroid tracking business, they call the big ones city killers. while there was very little good news today about our chances of getting them before they get us, there was some talk a
majority leader harry reid says a ban on assault weapons will 'not' be a part of a gun control package he's bringing to the senate floor. he says there's just not enough support. feinstein wrote the bill and says she's determined to get a vote. she'll put the ban in a separate amendment. >> president obama is headed to israel. he boarded air force one tonight. this is his second trip to the middle east as president. and his first visit to israel and the west bank since taking office.. he'll be meeting israeli leaders - and also with officials of the palestinian authority -- and with jordan's leader. the white house is playing down expectations for the trip. >> today marks ten years since the start of the war in iraq. about a million americans served in iraq. and about 4-thousand- 5=hundred service-members died there. along with at least 2- thousand government contractors, and 174 journalists. a c-n-n poll says only four out of ten americans now believe it was a smart decision to invade iraq. six out of ten say the conflict was a quote "dumb" idea in san francisco, veterans against the war
martha: this is a possible big setback for gun control advocates. senate majority leader harry reid says that he is dropping the assault weapons ban part of this which is really what we've been talking about all along. dropping that from the senate's gun control package. i'm joined by senator scott brown who is not at all surprised by this action. the former u.s. senator and fox news contributor joins us now. senator, good to have you with us to america's newsroom. >> thank you very much. martha: a lot of people talked about the big talk on sought weapons ban and it was so important to be passed. now it is not in the bill and been deleted. >> he is particular harry reid trying to protect senators up for re-election in red states making sure he wasn't going to have to take tough votes. during my three years he was always protecting his members to make sure they didn't take tough votes. get them in a room together, let them work out some type of compromise everybody can live with. martha: what do you think about it? everybody is saying this is huge win for the nra who very much wanted focu
debate. senate majority leader harry reid announcing the assault weapons ban authored by california senator dianne feinstein will not be included in the democratic gun control legislation that currently is working its way through the chamber. instead reid says feinstein's proposal will have, quote, an opportunity for a vote, possibly as a separate amendment. now this effort was sparked by the newtown school shooting in december and since then, we have seen a surge in applications for gun permits across this country. according to the fbi we saw a record 19 1/2 million background checks for firearms last year. nearly three million of them coming in december alone. that is the most for any month on record. and more than 7 million from december through february. that is a 54% increase from the previous year. this national trend is echoed in the microcosm of newtown, connecticut. where law enforcement say they have seen the pace of applications for gun permits double. so what does this all mean for the gun control debate, an effort going forward? joining me fox news political analyst jua
support tougher gun laws -- >> gun legislation -- >> reporter: last week senator minority leader harry reid dropped an assault weapons ban from the larger gun bill declaring it couldn't pass. >> there's a lot of wear rareness among members of congress and the nra. >> reporter: the debate is focused on this senate for now. advocates for tougher laws will stage two rallies here tomorrow. no matter what the senate winds up doing, gun control faces a much tougher challenge in the republican controlled house. >> kristin welker tonight, thank you. >>> the supreme court turns its attention this week to an issue that's the subject of shifting public opinion -- same-sex marriage. there were rallies in support of it today in new york and other cities. nbc's justice correspondent pete williams is at the court for us tonight. pete, good evening. >> reporter: lester, good evening. this is the first time the supreme court has delved into the issue of same-sex marriage and is considering challenges to two laws -- the defense of marriage act that blocks the federal government from recognizing it, and
reform. president obama's initiative to reduce violence in america has been severely weakened. harry reid has announced the most controversial and ambitious part of the president's proposal a ban on assault weapons will not make the final cut when he brings the bill up for debate. >> but, right now, her amendment using the most optimistic numbers has less than 40 votes. that's not 60. i have to get something on the floor so we can have votes on that issue and the other issues i talked about and what i'm going to try to do. i'm not going to try to put something on the floor that won't succeed. i want something that will succeed. >> senator dianne feinstein who sponsored the ban was clearly irritated. the california democrat told reporters, obviously, i'm disappointed. i tried my best but my best i guess was not good enough. you'd think congress would listen but they clearly listened to the national rifle association and they do. the ban would have outlawed it nearly 160 semiautomatic weapons and limited the size of magazines to ten rounds. and in today's "daily news" a removal of the assau
to keep fighting for an assault weapons ban, even though fellow democrat harry reid is moving a bill forward without him. president obama's healthcare reform law turns three years old saturday. tonight, chief national correspondent jim angle tells us what we have seen so far. >> though obamacare opportunity fully take effect until january, parts of it are already in place, supporters, of course, point to the benefits. >> already more than 3 million young americans gain coverage through their parent's plan. preventive coverage free for tens of million of americans. >> children now have coverage. february they have a preexisting condition, children can stay on the parents' plan until age 26. >> obamacare offers everything from free contraceptives to free preventative services for all ages. but many argue nothing is free. there will be more than a trillion in new taxes over the next ten yearsch even so, new benefits such as free preventive care some at a cost to someone. >> having the cost covered for the patient of mammogram is good but if the reimbursement to facilities is below cost
safety. harry reid will bring the senate's proposal to the floor and include votes on assault weapons and high capacity magazines. yesterday, new york city mayor mike bloomberg optimistic about the vote during an appearance on "meet the press." >> we are going to have a vote, for sure, on assault weapons and we are going to have a vote on background checks and if we were to get background checks only, it wouldn't be as good as if we got both, but look. we demanded a plan and then we demanded a vote. we have got the plan and we are going to get the vote. >> the mayor announced a new $12 million ad campaign that will challenge senators in 13 states from arizona to pennsylvania to back gun control legislation. >> for me, guns are for hunting and protecting my family. i believe in the second amendment and i'll fight to protect it. but with rights, come responsibilities. that's why i support xren hencive background so the criminals and mentally dangerously ill can't get guns and that protects my rights and family. >> he's going to find out this is a country of the people by the people and
senate majority leader harry reid drew attention to budget cuts and how they could impact military training like that taking place at hawthorne. >> it's just not appropriate, mr. president, that our military can't train and do the maintenance necessary. these men and women, our marines were training there in hawthorne and with the sequester it's going to cut the stuff back. >> some marine officials chafed at reid's commence. his spokesman clarified his remarks saying the idea of senator reid thinks that the hawthorne tragedy has anything to do with the sequester is absurd, shepard. >> shepard: jennifer griffin at the pentagon now. the horrible plot at the university of central florida in orlando. tonight, it is very clear the plan was for another virginia tech. murder on a scale that would forever change one of the biggest universities in america. you see, the student behind the foiled murder rampage wrote a checklist. and the last line "give them hell." just one of the many new details that police revealed today. there is a video from a camera that one officer had mounted on his u
. zero heartburn. >>> just over three months since the newtown, connecticut massacre. harry reid formally introduced a gun bill he says will be debated when lawmakers return from two week recess. joining us to talk about that and moore, cnn's chief political analyst, gloria borger and senior analyst, ron bronstein, national journal editorial director. thanks for coming in. dianne feinstein said she is not very happy that apparently the assault weapons ban would be submitted as amendment as opposed to part of the bill. >> this is very important to me. i am not going to lay down and play dead. i think the american people have said in every single public poll that they support this kind of legislation, not to give me a vote on this would be a major betrayal of trust as i would see it. >> she will get a vote as an amendment, but it won't be part of a comprehensive bill, and it is almost certainly going to die. >> right. and i think that's not a surprise to a lot of people. and normally people say let's blame the republican party for that. the truth of the matter is that there are a handful of
. >> a bunch of stories to get to. >>> gun control now. majority leader harry reid made it clear it would include provision that would expand background checks to private sales and he demanded amendments for assault weapons after the measures left out of the final bill but the proposals in the senate may not be enough for vice president joe biden. in a joint appearance with mayor michael bloomberg in new york city yesterday, biden evoked the memories of a newtown shooting and implored lawmakers to ban assault weapons. >> for all of those who say we shouldn't and can't ban assault weapons, for all of those who say the politics is too hard, how can they say that? when you take a look at those 20 beautiful babies and what happened to them and those six teachers and administrators. tell me how it violates anyone's constitutional right to be limited to a clip that holds ten rounds, instead of 30. >> if you actually read the constitution and supreme court decisions, but there is the need to get the 60 votes to get something through the senate. and you're just not, sam, going to get 60 votes on
for gun control advocates today. senate majority leader harry reid says a ban on assault weapons will *not be a part of a gun control package he's bringing to the senate floor for debate. he says there's just not enough support. but california senator dianne feinstein, who wrote the bill, says she's been promised a vote. and plans to introduce the assault weapons portion of the bill as an amendment. >> this is very important to me. i am not going to lay down and play dead. i think the american people has said every public poll that they support this type of legislation. it is aimed to protect children, schools and shopping malls. and it is aimed to dry up the supply of these over time".over time" >> catherine: while that part of the measure is in limbo. it's likely that the senate will vote on three other measures-- a ban on high capacity ammo clips. a call for universal background checks. and stiffer penalties for gun trafficking. new tonight, there is controversy with local cabdriver's with smart phone applications such as 'ride share'. >> one half the time we are empty because these car
feinstein says that harry reid has betrayed her over the issue of an assault weapons ban. now the new york city mayor bloomberg is taking his case for gun control nationwide. how and why he is trying to influence the debate. this adorable guy is the face of the united states marine corps. but there is a changing of the guard in the works. that's next. ♪ looking for a litter with natural ingredients that helps neutralize odors. discover tidy cats pure nature. uniquely formulated with cedar, pine, and corn. love your passat! um. listen, gary. i bought the last one. nice try. says right here you can get one for $199 a month. you can't believe the lame-stream media, gary. they're all gone. maybe i'll get one. [ male announcer ] now everyone's going to want one. you can't have the same car as me, gary! i'm gettin' one. nope! [ male announcer ] volkswagen springtoberfest is here and there's no better time to get a passat. that's the power of german engineering. right now lease one of four volkswagen models for under $200 a month. visit vwdealer.com today. i had[ designer ]eelingnth. enough of
saddam hussein. we look at the fallout not overseas, but here at home. without iraq, harry reid and nancy pelosi may never rise to power and barack obama may still be in the senate and not the white house. president george w. bush's approval numbers hit 71% as the country rallies around the troops and a war sold as critical to protecting us and ending weapons of mass destruction. those numbers slip and down to 45%. by the spring of 06, it was down to 37%, roughly half what it was when the war began. it wasn't just the president who suffered what we saw, but the demise of the neoconservative world view. vice president cheney and rumsfeld in which the u.s. sought out enemies and used force to spread democracy. >> the establishment of a free iraq at the heart of the middle east will be a water shed event in the global democratic revolution. >> what americans saw was a bleed quagmyre that destroyed the credibility on those who promoted it and the republican party as a whole. it spikeed from 486 to more than 2100 by the end of 2005. in the mid-term opposition led to a crushing defeat for repub
harry reid of nevada was on the senate floor hours after the accident. it happened in his home state of nevada. he used it as an example of how sequestration, those budget cuts, will harm military readiness. >> just not appropriate, mr. president, that our military can't train and do the maintenance necessary. these men and women are marines who were training there in hawthorne, and with the sequester it's going to cut this stuff back. i hope everyone understands the sacrifices made by our military. they are significant. reporter: there are reports there's been a worldwide ban on using these 60-millimeter mortars while the investigation take place. but marine officials tell us they're not aware of such ban at this time. >> shepard: jennifer, thanks. the syrian regime that lied about the torture of its people, today made the claim that the rebel fighters launched a deadly chemical weapons attack. it is said the rebels used a chemical agent that killed dozen0s people and wounded dozens more. state media claims this video shows some of the victims. we can't confirm. but russia, the syri
, senator harry reid use the hawthorne training accident to talk about sequestration on military readiness. >> it's just not appropriate, mr. president, that our military can't train and do the maintenance necessary. the men and women, our marines were trained in hawthorne. the sequester will cut it back. i just hope everyone understands. sacrifices made by the military. they are significant. >> marine official responded, "i don't know how anyone could link this accident to budget cuts. budget cuts would never cause marines to operate in unsafe conditions." reid communication director added the clarification, "the idea that senator reid thinks the hawthorne tragedy has anything to do with the sequester is absurd and unsubstantiateed by the remarks on the topic." the cause of the explosion is still under investigation. but the marine officials confirm that a 670-mim meter mortar round exploded prematurely inside the tube in a live fire exercise at awe thorn imminution depot -- ammunition depot. seven were killed, five immediately. the other two en route to hospital. they were flown to reno.
harry reid, it's about the math. >> right now, her amendment, has less than 40 votes. that's not 60. >> yet looking at the latest polling, this is something the majority of americans really he cannot even get democrats as the new yorker put it. this wasn't a close call. it was a body blow. standard feinstein vows to keep fighting. >> this is very important to me. i will not lay down and play dead. i think the american people have said and every single public poll that they support this kind of legislation. it's aimed to protect children, to protect schools and malls, not to give me a vote on this would be a major betrayal of trust. >> that last point, the reed-mack told feinstein that it could be offered as an amendment at a later time. we were given some rare good news from a state with a significant history with a gun violence. the governor of colorado signed into law some of the toughest gun safety measures in the country. >> the loss expand background checks to include purchases and transfers between private parties and on-line sales. it closes a loophole that had exempted fire
. >> shepard: the majority leader harry reid says the senate will include expanded background checks for almost all gun sales. he says the assault weapons ban does not have enough votes to pass. lots of republicans oppose the ban and background checks saying they will punish only law abiding gun owners. new york state is changing its new assault weapons ban before it even takes effect. that law bans magazines that hold more than seven rounds of ammunition. the problem is seven round magazines don't exist. starting next month you will still be able to buy 10 round magazines in new york state. it will be illegal to load more than seven rounds at a time. no word on how they will enforce that hours ago in the ancient and holy stipulate of jerusalem president obama stood before the israeli people and made a strong and direct peace. he called for two state solution. told the israelis to put themselves in the palestinians who want to land a call of their own. he says if the israelis want peace they must not only demand of their politicians but work towards it themselves. the president spoke after a tr
. but this is a -- this defies a political solution as i think senator harry reid is finding out, in some ways simply because this is a geographical problem. sometimes even inside a state it is a geographical -- if you live in a city you tend to be much more for some gun control -- or further gun control. if you're in a rural area where guns are part of the culture, you're less inclined to do that. so it defies traditional politics in a lot of ways. certainly the white house wants to keep pushing it but there is a general agreement, at least right now, that there will not be -- that there will be some sort of response to newtown in a legislative form out of congress but it will probably not include an assault weapons ban. >> you had an exclusive interview with veterans affair secretary eric shinseki, one of the most critical issues he has to deal with is the backlog of claims at the va. >> the president's been very clear. veterans are a top priority with him and ending the backlog is foremost in his mind. he has made that very clear. no veteran should have to wait for claims as they are today. we have a fix
of day. today democrats dropped a key provision from their gun bill the assault weapons ban because harry reid said it didn't have the votes to pass. senator dianne feinstein who introduced the ban said it this way. i cannot fight the nra. the nra spends unlimited sums backed by the gun manufacturer who are craven in my view. i don't know what we can done other than drafting a bill. in asking for support and enabling something to pass in the senate now i could put a hold on the whole package but i'm not going to do that. so instead the rest of the gun safety bill will go forward without the assault weapons ban. of course there is a possibility it could be attached to a later bill but certainly there is not a guarantee. gun safety is fast becoming a low priority in washington. and another is immigration. john boehner praised the bipartisan house group working on immigration legislation. >> there are a lot of issues in here that have to be dealt with and i think what this bipartisan group came up with is frankly a pretty responsible solution. >> michael: sounds like progress but of course t
reno. harry reid say there's was a huge explosion. >> we don't know exactly what happened but it was a violent explosion, we know that. my thoughts are with those who are injured and, of course, families of those with lost loved ones. >> want to bring in our pentagon correspondent, barbara starr. tell us, first of all, what do we know about how this even happened? >> reporter: well, suzanne, the military is saying seven marines were killed when a 60 millimeter mortar shell, already in the tube, in the weapon essentially exploded. seven marines killed, a number injured and medevac'd to hospital. likely with serious trauma injuries about the training situation, they would have been standing quite close to the mortar and to the weapon when it exploded. now a major investigation, of course, under way trying to determine what exactly happened and trying to see how they go forward from here. but seven military families, suzanne, getting the worst possible news today. >> such a shame. thank you, barbara. appreciate that. >>> a plan now to commit mass murder on a college campus. p
. instead, it will get a separate vote on its own. but with lower hopes for success. senator harry reid says he made the move to avoid republican obstruction. >> i want people to have the ability to vote on assault weapons, mental health, safety in schools, federal trafficking, clips, everything. but i cannot do that until i get a bill on the floor. i want something that will succeed. >> something that will succeed. the rest of the country wants that, too. in fact, a majority of americans, 57%, support an assault weapons ban. but apparently some in washington think that's not good enough. nearly 2,800 people have been shot and killed since the newtown tragedy. 2,800 reasons for our elected officials in washington to show some political courage. the time is now. americans want to move forward. lawmakers in both parties should move forward with the rest of the country. joining me now are mia malika-henderson and margie omar ra. thank you for your time. >> malika, what's behind this on assault weapons? why did it happen? i'm not sure i agree with this. >> yeah. i think you heard senator reid sa
? >> yeah, and i think the defeatest reaction to harry reid's move yesterday on saying that the assault weapons would be an amendment rather than part of the base package is wrong for a couple of reasons. one is we will get a skroet on assault weapons as an amendment. secondly, it's important to keep in mind the long view here. we're at the beginning of a process, not the end of the process. we are seeing, as david pointed out, not just in colorado but elsewhere, change in public opinion here. public opinion has clearly shifted on the side of sensible gun regulations along the lines we've been talking about, feinstein's proposal and others. what david is pointing out, what you are seeing is similar to the anti-tobacco debate and apartheid debate where congress and washington were the lagging indicators of public opinion so you saw a lot of action happening in the states. colorado is not just the only place, a number of there states are thinking object taking action. it's a much, much better indicator of how quickly public opinion is shifting on something. i think you will see movement i
gets back next month after a two-week recess on. gun control, senate majority leader harry reid is demanding any bill passes the senate must include universal background checks. that come after announcing a ban on assault weapons would be stripped from the bill because there's not enough support and it might doom the whole measure. meanwhile, there is plenty of bipartisan support for immigration reform. however, there is still no bill. april ryan is the white house correspondent. and chris is a democratic strategist. good to see both of you. gun control sure to be the most contentious issue. universal gun checks, increased penalty for purchase and grants for school safety. why cannot we get a ban on assault weapons? why cannot we get a ban on high capacity ammunition clips and poll after poll shows the lion's share of folk in this country want that of. >> we are a nation of convicted people. many of us have our beliefs and passions on one side or the other. you have to remember that the nra and also those assault weapons manufacturers are very, very, very strong lobby. that is o
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